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Konocti Health Magnet School

Magnet School Students

Focus on Health Careers

By Staff Reports

Lake County Record Bee, February 11, 2015

The Konocti Health Magnet School is continuing to strengthen partnerships with community agencies while providing students with opportunities for college and career exploration.

On Jan. 29, Yuba College Clear Lake Campus hosted a visit for Health Magnet students. A student panel of current and former Yuba College Clear Lake Campus students with a focus on health careers presented to the high school students. Maria Copas and Tasia Sherwood, current nursing students, shared how thoroughly prepared they feel in nursing school because of the intense rigor they experienced while completing the pre-requisites at the Clear Lake Campus. Danielle Stennet shared her involvement in the Medical Office Skills Program. She currently has an on campus job in the office where she uses professional office skills and looks forward to soon working in a Medical Office where she can help more people. Brittney Smith shared with the group how much she’s learning in the EMT class. She mentioned the work at the fire house and how grateful she is to be enrolled in the local program learning professional emergency medical skills. Annabelle Haley and Tianna Davi spoke about completing all transfer curriculum at the Clear Lake Campus and their plans to enter University as juniors having saved tuition.

The high school students had an opportunity to ask questions and receive the college students input on many issues including; books, campus atmosphere, curriculum, and study time.

Students participated in an hour long lab taught by Dr. Harry Lyons. The lab fully engaged the high school students as they explored blood types. They learned through lab experiments about compatible blood types and transfusion issues. They actively engaged in samples with antigens and the process of compiling data. The Health Magnet staff commented on the beautiful lab facility and the joy of seeing high school students engaged in critical thinking and analyses.

The group was given a campus tour and students learned about degrees, transfer, admissions, financial aid and concurrent enrollment from Counselor, Pamela Bordisso. Annette Lee, recently appointed as Yuba College, Clear Lake and Colusa Centers Dean, welcomed the students and stated that she looks forward to working with Konocti Health Magnet School students.

Konocti Health Magnet School currently serves 65 students enrolled in Lower Lake High School. Students are enrolled in one period of Social Determinants of Health class as part of their participation in the program and have a tutor available daily for assistance as needed in all subject areas. The Yuba College visit and tour marked the fifth college tour this year for KHMS students. In addition to Yuba College, students have toured Butte College, CSU Chico, UC Berkley, and UC Davis.

One of the main focuses of the $1.2 million dollar Career Pathway Trust Grant received to create the Konocti Health Magnet School, is to create a health based education while preparing for students for the rigors of college and career. Jeff Dixon, Administrator on Special Assignment in charge of KHMS, is especially excited to be working with Yuba College to meet that goal and to provide additional educational opportunities for students to earn college and high school credit as concurrently enrolled Yuba College students.

For additional information regarding the Konocti Health Magnet School, please visit our webpage at khms.konoctiusd.org, like us on facebook.com/KonoctiHealthMagnetSchool, or contact Jeff Dixon at jeff.dixon@konoctiusd.org or (707) 994-6447, Ext. 2914.

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